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    2018 Greene County Career Center Levy Fact Sheet

    Issue:

    • GOAL = Keeping Our Local Workforce Strong!
    • Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year degree, make up the largest part of Ohio’s labor market (National Skills Coalition)
    • Key industries in Greene County are unable to find enough sufficiently trained ‘high tech’ workers to fill these jobs
    • Local market analysis reveals a drastic need for skilled workers, including in the expanded areas of manufacturing, engineering and information technology tied to the aviation/aerospace industry
    • The Greene County Career Center is committed to developing this workforce through “Take Flight” while fighting to keep job opportunities close to home

    Current Status:

    • A recent community survey of registered voters in Greene County indicated overwhelming support for “Take Flight”, which will expand programming at the Career Center in the areas of manufacturing, engineering and information technology associated with the local aviation/aerospace industry
    • The “Take Flight” Expansion will NOT eliminate CURRENT GCCC programs
    • Current career pathways align with job market needs and the Board of Education and administration are committed to keeping these programs strong and viable with modern curriculum, instruction and technology to respond to local job market needs
    • The Board has served as outstanding stewards of district money by saving funds from the permanent improvement levy to contribute substantially to this project
    • GCCC’s operating and permanent improvement levies are continuing and have been strongly supported by our communities
    • County-wide enrollment via the career center is at a 15 year high
    • Due to main campus and satellite offerings throughout the county over 3,000 students take advantage of career-technical programming through GCCC
    • In our 50-year history GCCC has prepared over 10,000 high school students for the workforce and/or post-secondary education. Tens of thousands more have taken advantage of adult workforce training
    • We have been raising the admission bar, but more than 62 students have been turned away so far for the 2018-2019 school year

    Strategies:

    • The Board will ask  voters on November 6, 2018 to consider a 1.03 mil bond for up to 20 years to help with the construction costs and technology needs
    • Business and industry are being called upon to assist with equipment and technology contributions
    • The cost of a 1.03 mil levy to the voters equates to $36.05 per year per $100,000 valuation or $3 each month
    • The proposed site of the new Greene County Career Center will be near Route 68 and U.S. 35 in Xenia, Ohio
    • The Board is exploring options for repurposing the current facilities on West Enon Road
    • Educational partnerships are in place with all seven Greene County School Districts and area colleges and universities to ensure alignment with college credit plus opportunities
    • Criteria architect and a design build firms have begun the development and design of a new Career Center
    • Aligned Aerospace Curriculum is already taking place across the county via a grant from the Beavercreek Schools in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education